Main concepts to understand in Author-it Honeycomb


On Premises

Books as modules and courses

The WBT is constructed as an Author-it book. The book can serve as an entire short course, or it can serve as a single module within a course. Because a book can contain sub-books, you can group multiple modules together in a single course. Because these modules also function as stand-alone books, you can reuse them accordingly in different training courses.

Topics as slides and elements

The WBT book or module is a collection of slides of which there are four types:

  • Static slides that contain text, images, links, audio, and video
  • Interactive slides that present content in a more engaging way
  • Knowledge checks that question the learner to find out if the information is clear
  • Assessments with exams to determine if the learner has understood the course

The slides vary according to the slide purpose, the information they contain, and the way they operate. Each course slide is a separate Author-it topic, based on a purpose-built template that defines the structure and format of the slide.

A slide exists at the top level of the book structure, making a book a collection of slides. Topics added at subsequent levels beneath a slide are elements. Elements are topics that contain content and functionality for the slide. In a Clickable Buttons slide, the topics that display when the learner clicks a button are elements of the slide. In an Accordion slide, each of the topics that make up the accordion are elements of the slide. For more information, see Structuring slides and their elements.

Templates for slides

Author-it Honeycomb contains more than 20 of the most common instructional design templates for learning and assessment, including the following:

  • Accordion views
  • Carousels
  • Flip cards and books
  • Timelines
  • Single- or multiple-choice questions
  • Drag and drop matching or categorization

All templates are directly accessible from your Author-it library and ready for you to quickly create engaging, interactive HTML5 elearning, mobile learning, micro learning, and assessments.

Support for media

To make the material engaging and interactive, slides can support the following types of media:

  • Tables
  • Graphics
  • Audio
  • Animation
  • Video

Customized styling

The output uses HTML5 and CSS to provide functionality and styling. A number of elements are configurable and customizable to provide your organization and customers with the proper branding in the WBT. The Honeycomb templates are a combination of CSS, HTML5, JavaScript, and json files, so when you wish to rebrand or modify Honeycomb’s look-and-feel to meet your organization’s requirements, please contact your local reseller.

Publishing directly to a web server

After you assemble the topics in a course book, you publish the content to its WBT output. The templates and content are transformed by the Honeycomb processor. The output can be configured to publish directly to a web server, eliminating the need to download locally, and making it immediately available to anyone who has the URL.

SCORM and Tin Can

Compliance with SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 and Tin Can means that your Learning Management System (LMS) will be able to track progress and knowledge proficiency for WBT learners. SCORM and Tin Can are the widely held technical standard for elearning products. These standards govern the interoperability between elearning content and LMS products.